Why in News:
- A corner-shot weapon system (CSWS) designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is at an advanced stage of being inducted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu and Kashmir police.
- The CSWS is a special purpose weapon designed by the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune.
About the weapon system
- Corner Shot Weapon System (CSWS) allows its operator to see and attack an armed target, without exposing himself/herself for any counterattack.
- It can engage targets located around the corners as the system bends and captures video feed thus saving soldiers from any surprise counter attack and is best suited for urban, close quarter situations.
- The CSWS is equipped with a weapon, camera, laser, infrared illuminator and torch in front portion, while display, electronics, battery and swivelling mechanism are located at rear portion. The body is made from high–grade aluminium alloy to make it lighter and durable.
- Features like day night firing capability, colour display, digital zoom, zeroing facility, hot keys, high power battery along with status display and compliance with JSS 5855(a standardisation document) makes it a very potent system for security forces engaged in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terror (CI/CT) operations
The need for such weapons
- In the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, both the National Security Guard (NSG) and the Army had projected requirement for corner shot weapons to equip their troops for urban warfare where security personnel get exposed while trying to locate or flush out terrorists.